Jennifer graduated on May 1 with a  BA and honors in Individualized Studies from Metropolitan State University.  Jennifer received OYFF educational grants for both Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters that were applied towards her tuition. Congrats Jennifer! We are very proud of you and can’t wait to see what you do next!

What impact did the OYFF grant have on your ability to succeed?

OYFF played a large role, in my ability to succeed at Metropolitan State University. I was going to school part time and working 35 hours a week. OYFF's grant paid for both of my classes Fall semester 2016. This was a huge weight off my shoulders, as all i needed to worry about financially were the essentials. Spring semester 2017, OYFF's grant paid for over half of the semester. Leaving me with a small enough sum, where I could set up monthly payments. I paid off the rest in four months, and graduated with zero debt. It was such a relief to not be over burdened by finances and focus harder on school.

How did you choose this program/course of study?

I chose to use my partial Psychology degree and Individualized study with Theater. By chance, I was cast in a play and allowed to use it as an Independent Study. This encouraged me to take an advanced acting course and theater appreciation. The theme was clear as I continued with performance classes. This created my major as a Individualized Study in Psychology and Theater.

What's your next step?

My next step will be a Masters program. I'm taking a year off to discern which field is the best decision.

What are your plans now that you've graduated?

I plan to work and do a little traveling. I went to Seattle right after graduation to visit a friend and see the sites. Next I'm going to Japan to vacation with a friend who moved there in February. I look forward to the new experiences.

What would you tell other women thinking about starting school?

Other women who are thinking of starting school should go for it! There are many affordable colleges. School will only enhance their future careers and self-growth. I have no regrets going back to school. It helped me learn more about myself and who I want to be. Schooling has prepared me for a brighter future with more opportunities at my fingertips.